Tyne & Wear

Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig opens £4m pool

Josef Craig opening the pool
Josef Craig also took the first swim in the new facility

Paralympics gold medal swimmer Josef Craig has officially opened a £4m pool in his home borough - and taken the first swim in the new facility.

The 15-year-old from South Tyneside, who has cerebral palsy, set a new world record in the S7 400m freestyle final in last year's Paralympic Games.

He was joined by the mayor of South Tyneside in opening the new community pool in Jarrow.

The teenager received an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.

Jarrow Community Pool has been built in the grounds of Jarrow School in Field Terrace in a project led by South Tyneside Council.

Jarrow School pupils will use the pool on weekday mornings, while primary schools will use it on weekday afternoons.

Clubs and community groups will also be given access to the facility.

There will be council-employed lifeguards on site.

Josef was recently named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

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